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Have I rushed this decision.....

While out walking today over the Downs we met some fellow walkers / photographers, the outcome of one of our conversations is that I have become the owner of an E1, 14-54mm lens, SLD2 grip and all original boxed accessories.
Have I done the right thing? I pick it up on Wednesday and apparently it has only 2000 actions before the gentleman stopped using it for a E-400.

Please advise as 'er indoors thought I was being a bit hasty.

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Re: Have I rushed this decision.....

i'm sure you will be happy with the E-1, i am as are many othres.

For a camera of its age it is capable of capturing some amazing details.



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Re: Have I rushed this decision.....

Thank you Chillimonster, I just need another four replies like that and I will be in the clear I think.
I just wanted it to learn the art of photography on, instead of buying one of the modern "it does it all for you thingies" ....

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Thank you Chillimonster, I just need another four replies like that and I will be in the clear I think.
I just wanted it to learn the art of photography on, instead of buying one of the modern "it does it all for you thingies" ....

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Re: Have I rushed this decision.....

A second reply supporting your purchase of the E1.

I took many thousands of pictures with one, and some of the pictures have helped to earn quite a bit of money for the charity I do a bit of volunteering for.

Look out for a VA-1 Angle finder so that you can take low angle pictures without having to dig holes in the ground. <g>

Also look out for a FP20 flash gun to slip into your pocket when you are not carrying the a FP50 or other large-ish flash gun.
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Re: Have I rushed this decision.....

The E-1 is the only dSLR I can really say I like.
I use an E-3 and it's great but I think the E-1 is a better designed camera.
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Re: Have I rushed this decision.....

3 out of 4 ain,t bad.

Glad I have agreed to take it now. Just put the Meatloaf album on showed the trouble and strife the responses on here and she then admits that she had every confidence in me anyway.

Wonderfull

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Re: Have I rushed this decision.....

Peter - the E-1 is an Olympus classic, you'll get loads of fab pics with it... (I'll PM you my address for the cheque.. )

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Re: Have I rushed this decision.....

Peter, Have another positive reply. My E-3 is off for it's third trip to the repairers, so I've been carrying the E-1 & the E-500 round. Out of all three, I prefer the ergonomics of the E-1 by a long shot, and it's never missed a beat.
I'm sure you will find it a pleasure to use with that very fine lens.
There's lots of willing folks on this board who will be pleased to assist you with any queries too. One or two other newsgroups seem to have their fair share of Olympus bashers, but just have a look through the gallery here and see how wrong they can be!
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Re: Have I rushed this decision.....

Don't worry Peter, you really have bought a class act. The only perceived critisism of the E1 is "only" 5 million pixels but just a couple of years ago 6MP was being talked of as being all that was needed and the quality of the E1 images has for long given it a reputation for punching well above its weight.

If you get the best out of it you will enjoy images of superb sharpness, clarity and unrivaled colour rendition, which is the reason a number of experienced togs on this site still use it.

Many of the E1s you see for sale these days have had the 14-54 replaced by the much cheaper 14-45. And no wonder, the 14-54 is still class glass by any standard. In fact, I've just bought a new one to partner my secondhand E3. I understand your new kit includes the 14-54 which is a real bonus.

Do you mind saying how much you paid? With that lens, if the whole kit is in good condition, I would expect it to have cost around 500.
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Yet another positive response, I have this combo (as well as the 510) and find it superb, I am sure you won't be dissapointed, don't forget to post some pics.

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Re: Have I rushed this decision.....

Ditto from me, I bought a 510, then had a chance to get the E1. I use the E1 out of preference, it just seems "right" in the hands. It also seems better balanced with the heavier lenses compared to my 510.

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Re: Have I rushed this decision.....

Thanks everyone for the support and encouragement.
The gentleman has asked me to hand over 350.00 later in the week when we meet up. The only stipulation he has applied is if I decide to sell it later on can he have first refusal, so to that I agreed plus they were a nice enough couple my Patsy is meeting up with his wife for lunch one day over the next fortnight, apparently they share an education at the same senior school apparently. Did not here all of that conversation as I have been in a world of the E1 since.

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Re: Have I rushed this decision.....

Very strange or coincidental....
An astronomy club friend of mine rang to say he has just bought one on Ebay for 300.00 plus postage this morning so we shall compare later in the week.
We had been talking at a local barbecue about the E1/E3 but he had said he would probably go Sony Alpha as Jessops Petersfield were doing a deal on them.
P.S. I will have a word with him about joining this and associated groups.

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Re: Have I rushed this decision.....

The E1 your friend has bought on Ebay for 300 - I doubt very much that it includes a 14-54mm!

You have a real bargain and your wife should be congratulating you; indeed she should be encouraging you to put the 150 you have just saved towards your next lens!
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